Great White cruising in Minas Basin

A scientist says an abundance of seals is likely the reason why a 300km great white shark has been swimming around Minas Basin.

The 2.7-metre female shark, nicknamed Pumpkin by researchers, was detected off Cheverie by an acoustic monitoring system that picked up a transmitter placed on the shark last year.  Fred Whoriskey of the Ocean Tracking Network at Dalhousie says Pumpkin’s appearance could signal that ecosystems are bouncing back. It’s hoped the tracking work will help fill the information gap about great whites, not just around here but around the world.